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Half of Colorado lives in a day care desert. Here’s how that’s straining one mountain community.

After watching her boss struggle to find child care in remote northwestern Colorado, Tegan Ebbert diligently planned how to keep working after the birth of her son in January. Baby August was quickly placed on the waiting list for a local day care and Ebbert’s mother drove in from Wisconsin to help out for a […]

Posted inClimate, News, Transportation, Wildfire

U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass shut by mudslides, hazmat vehicles must now go through Eisenhower tunnel

A mudslide late Saturday near Arapahoe Basin ski area shut down traffic on U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass which means traffic on Interstate 70 must occasionally stop to allow trucks carrying hazardous materials to pass through Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels. The Colorado Department of Transportation on Sunday evening said the road had reopened. Heavy rains across […]

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Coroner identifies two of the three people killed in Poudre River flooding; one person remains missing

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified two of the three people killed by flash flooding in the Poudre River west of Fort Collins last week. A fourth person remains missing. Patricia Brown, 59, of Madison, Wisconsin, died near Bellvue. David Brown, 61, of San Antonio, Texas, also was killed in the Bellvue area. […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors, Transportation

What exactly is the Front Range Trail? You may already be riding on it.

For decades now, Colorado’s premier trail builders have nurtured the dream of a Front Range Trail, piecing together existing routes and new construction to complete an 876-mile continuous path from Wyoming to New Mexico, connecting 5 million people.  Here’s why that sentence requires the word “decades.” To complete one 5-mile set of Front Range Trail […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Environment, Growth, News, Water

Fort Collins planners, worried about Poudre River impacts, reject Northern Water’s plan for 3-mile pipeline through the city

The Fort Collins planning commission on Wednesday rejected an application by Northern Water to run more than three miles of pipeline in a 100-foot-wide construction zone through city parks and neighborhoods as part of the complex Northern Integrated Supply Project. The 3-to-2 rejection may not stall the massive project for long, as state law allows […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Water

Thornton will use its status as a utility to overturn Weld County’s denial of its 75-mile water pipeline

Following the Weld County Board of Commissioners’ decision to deny the city of Thornton’s application to build a water pipeline through the county, Thornton intends to use a state statute to overrule the commissioners’ decision. Thornton City Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution directing the city to bypass the board’s denial and commence pipeline construction, […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Education, News

How southern Colorado is working to bridge the digital divide in schools

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado teachers, parents and students have been forced to adapt to periods of remote learning. Kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and offices have been converted into temporary classrooms as students try to absorb new material through small boxes on a computer screen. But some families have struggled to adapt more than others. […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Energy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Colorado gave local governments more power to regulate oil and gas. And some are using it.

Empowered by a new state law and regulations, towns, cities and counties across the Front Range are flexing their muscle and moving to regulate oil and gas operations that come to town. Two years ago this month, sweeping legislation was signed into law reorienting Colorado’s approach to regulating oil and gas development. That in turn […]

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Colorado’s latest proposal to divert water from the Western Slope is a complex, disputed set of pipes

CHIMNEY HOLLOW — Sometime in the middle of next year, if Northern Water gets its way, the bulldozers will start piling earth and rock 25 stories high to plug this dry basin southwest of Loveland forever.  Four miles to the south, they’ll build another dam to keep their newly-made bathtub from leaking out the back […]